Resources for Clinicians and Students

*Note: The Health Resources and Services Administration ( has removed their LGBTQ health literacy resources and website as of March 2018.  For more information on the removal of LGBTQ+ information from government websites, see this article from 9/2018. 

NEW! PT Proud's LGBTQ+ Competency Handbook for Clinicians 

This free educational resource was developed for PTs and PTAs who want to learn more about the best treatment for LGBTQ+ individuals. Click on the PDF button to the right.

This handbook is for personal and educational use only and is intellectual property of PT Proud. Questions can be sent to PT Proud via the contact form at the bottom of the page. 

LGBTQ+ Competency for Clinicians

SGM Literature/Research By Members of PT Proud


Making the clinic LGBTQ+ Inclusive

Fenway Institute 

  • "Focus on Forms and Policy: Creating an inclusive environment"

National LGBT Health Education Center

  • "Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People: Best Practices for Front-line Health Care Staff"

  • "Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records"

Rural Health Information Hub

  • Article: "LGBTQ Healthcare: Building Inclusive Rural Practices"

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

  • Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People

LGBTQ+ Competency/Humility Education

GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality) 

  • Webinar Series: "Cultural Competence Webinar Series"

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

  • Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People

National LGBT Health Education Center

  • Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People

Disparities in LGBTQ+ Health and Healthcare

World Professional Association For Transgender Health (WPATH)




Lambda Legal

National Center for Transgender Equality

  • 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey

National LGBT Health Education Center

  • Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT People

Advocacy Organizations

The views of the following organizations do not necessarily reflect those of PT Proud, the HPA, or the APTA.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

"Ensuring health equity for LGBTQ individuals and equality for LGBTQ healthcare professionals since 1981."

Lambda Legal

"Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work."

Human Rights Campaign

"The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality."

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Our 400+ chapter network provides confidential peer support, education and advocacy in communities in nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.